Happy 50th Anniversary of America’s Wilderness Act, UESiders!

(For more on this national milestone…)

So glad to be back on NYC turf!

But there’s sure plenty going on to our north:  Many a solar panel array in Boston suburbs…  Lots of wind turbines, too…  Big Belly Solar Compactors on any number of street corners in both MA and ME…  Renzo Piano’s addition to the Gardener with a gorgeous re-imagining of museum’s greenhouse and discreet solar panels… 

Very satisfying in such surroundings to be able to drop news of all the plastic, clothing/fabric and compost we’re collecting and note how far ahead of the pack we are in the compost/clothing/fabric departments!

So much for a fine summer…

On to September, a month downright fraught with recyling opportunities: 



On-going:  Civitas Apartment Building Recycling Initiative – A City Program Tailor Made for the Green Apartment Dweller

Your Building

Care about the environment?  (We know you do!)  Want your building/neighbors to do a better job of recycling its/their trash?  (Don’t we all?!)  Well, then, the Sanitation Department has a program for you:  The Apartment Building Recycling Initiative (ABRI) and CIVITAS is happy to help you and your building’s ABRI in motion.  For more…  And you can reach out to Civitas:   info@civitasnyc.org or 212-996-0745.

Saturday, September 7th:   82nd Street Greenmarket 

82nd Street between First and York, 9am –2pm

Compost & Clothing Collection – 9am – 1pm 

With us will be American Seafood, Bread Alone,  Samascott, Gajeski, Cherry Lane, Feather Ridge, Rising Sun Beef and Rabbits’ Run Farms.

Plus!   Yes!  Our own Master Knife Sharpener will also be on hand! 

Let me at those tomatoes, basil, scallops, chicken livers and goat cheese!!

Partial August 17th & 24th recycling totals:  24 lbs batteries;  8 lbs Britta fillters, cords, corks, CD/DVDs/jewel cases/cellphones and ink cartridges; 1 pair glasses;  23 & 26 bags of clothes;   7 & 6 1/4  compost bins.

YTD (from 1/5/13):  1,321 lbs batteries; 877 lbs #5, Britta filters, corks, cords/CDs/DVDs/jewel cases/cellphones and ink cartridges; 126 pairs of eye glasses; 454 bags of clothes; 179 3/4 compost bins.

A new record on 8/24 with 160 individuals contributing compost!!

Sunday, September 8th:  92nd Street Greenmarket

92nd Street and First Avenue, 9am-3pm

Compost Collection 9am-1pm

As ever, with us will be Atlantic Seafood, Gonzales, Stannart, Norwich Meadows and Phillips Farms, Bread Alone, Meredith’s Bakery and those fabulous Stellar Cooks!

Corn!   Eggplants!  Peppers!  Oatmeal cookies!  Bring ’em on!!

8/18, 8/25 & 9/1 Recycling Totals:  TBA

YTD (from 6/23/13):  111 lbs batteries;  80 lbs Britta fillters, cords, corks, CD/DVDs/jewel cases/cellphones and ink cartridges;  7 pairs eye glasses; 19 compost bins; 16,530 lbs of shredded paper.

Sunday, September 8th & 15th:  Columbus-Amsterdam Avenue BID Textile Recycling Days

Amsterdam Avenue, east side, between 108th & 109th Streets, 11am-5pm

Accepted will be:

  • Clothing  (wearable/unwearable)
  • Shoes (wearable/unwearable)
  • Blankets
  • Linens
  • Curtains
  • Fabric


For more details:  212-666-9774.

Thursday, September 12th:  Solar-Powered Film Festival

Solar One, 24-20 FDR Service Road East, 8-11pm

Year Two of this first-rate festival of environmental shorts and features commences with “The City Dark”, Ian Cheney’s consideration of our night sky.  Free but registration required.     And for more films in the series

Sunday, September 15th:  Columbus-Amsterdam Avenue BID Electronics Recycling Day

Amsterdam Avenue, west side, between 109th & 110th Streets, 10am-4pm

Accepted will be:

  • Working/non-working computers (laptops, desktops, servers)
  • Peripherals (monitors, printers, faxes, scanners, keyboards, mice, cables and wries
  • TV, stero equipment, VCRs, DVD players, audio/visual equipment
  • Cell and wall phones

NO APPLIANCES (including microwaves, air conditioners and white goods).

For more:  212-666-9774 or 212-477-4022.

(Do recall:  Best Buy accepts most electronics at its stores.)

Tuesday, September 17th:  Carnegie Hill Neighbors Electronics Recycling Day

Church of Heavenly Rest, Fifth Avenue & 90th Street, 11am-7pm

The UES’s – maybe NYC’s – only weekday electronic recycling event!  And you know what you can bring:

  • Computers (laptops, desktops, servers, mainframes)
  • Monitors, printers, scanners, copiers, fax machines
  • Network devices (routers, hubs, modems, etc.)
  • Peripherals (keyboards, mice, cables, etc.)
  • Cellphones, pagers, PDAs
  • Components (hard drives, circuit boards, etc.)
  • TVs, VCR, DVD players, audio-visual equipment
  • Phone equipment (phones, answering machines, etc.)

Way out there:

Saturday, November 16th:  How To Build and Manage Seed Libraries

Weeksville Heritage Center, 1698 Bergen Street, Brooklyn, 10am-1pm

Our chance to learn a timeless skill and preserve precious plant genetic material.  Instructor:  Eric-Michael Rodriguez, Curator of Living Cultivations and Farm Manager of the Heritage Center.  Free but you need to RSVP:  eric@weeksvillesociety.org or 718-756-5250. 



In our miscellany file:

At last, albeit they’re voluntary, the FDA’s issued rules governing gluten-free labeling!

Incredible that this same agency is pressing for self-inspection of factory poultry farms!  (If you disagree…)

Even more bizarre is that planes still fly on leaded fuel!

Okay, ladies.  Those exfoliating facial scrubs we love so much?  Seems that they’re packed with tiny bits of plastic that’re winding up in bodies of water…  

Really like a proposal to link good land stewardship to farmers’ crop insurance rates…  

Yes, the wheels of our city do move slowly…  But, really!  Can it possibly take till fall 2015 for the new park adjacent to 1 Sutton Place to be functioning?

Still, tree-planting – the first of 1,500 – has commenced on Governor’s Island!

And after months of renovation, the 96th library branch will soon – in weeks they say – re-open!

This while the mayor – despite intense lobbying – held the line on charging manufacturers for the cost of disposing of refrigerators!

Happily, the Lowline campaign is alive and well…  And now has its own signature, fund-raising cocktails!

Fantastic suggestion:  Give hurricanes the names of climate-denying politicians!

Can’t wait to visit this tiny, eccentric and oh-so-NYC museum

Just in time for fall cleaning:  Green tips for getting and keeping one’s carpets clean

And readying yourself for the new season of Masterpiece Theater:  English country dance classes.

Test your tree IQ with this Sierra Club quiz

Then partake of this lovely essay on determining the size of a sycamore tree which may or may not qualify as a New York State Big Tree.



Verging on animals:

Wondering how to best combat annoying and omni-present fruit flies?   (Here’re are at least 10!)



Animals proper:

If you’d like to help western buffalo to roam freely (without harassment)…

222 golden retrievers in one place?    Yes, 222 golden retrievers gathered at a Scottish castle to celebrate the birthplace of their breed!!

Awwww…  This kitten will try/endure a whole lot to wake his sleeping friend

You may have to re-tool your definition of cute after you scroll down to the pix of baby panda, Yuan Zai.

And from the Hudson River Almanac:

8/24 – Westchester County, HRM 44: I saw the first marsh mallow in bloom today in the tide marsh by Camp Smith at Annsville Bay.   – Zshawn Sullivan

[Marsh mallow (Althaea officinalis) is native to Africa and has become, over time, naturalized in the Hudson Valley.  A type of candy made from its roots in Africa has evolved into our campfire treats of today.  – Tom Lake.]

Voting is the greenest of acts,


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